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'''Howard Phillips Lovecraft''' (;"Lovecraft". ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His father was confined to a mental institution when Lovecraft was three years old. His grandfather, a wealthy businessman, enjoyed storytelling and was an early influence. Intellectually precocious but sensitive, Lovecraft began composing rudimentary horror tales by the age of eight, but suffered from Anxiety disorder|overwhelming feelings of anxiety. He encountered problems with classmates in school, and was kept at home by his highly strung and...
PseudonymLewis Theobald
Humphrey Littlewit
Ward Phillips
Edward Softly
Birth nameHoward Phillips Lovecraft
Birth date{{birth date|1890|8|20|mf=y}}
Birth placeProvidence, Rhode Island, USA
Death date{{death date and age|1937|3|15|1890|8|20|mf=yes}}
Death placeProvidence, Rhode Island
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island
OccupationShort-story writer, editor, novelist, poet
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